Joey Barton & Paul Cook Linked to Owls Managers Post
Sheffield Wednesday are on the lookout for a new boss after parting ways with Tony Pulis late last month, with owner Dejphon Chansiri promising a thorough process maintaining that he will consider both foreign and domestic options. A host of names have been linked with the top spot including current bookies favourite former Burnley, Manchester City and England midfielder Joey Barton.
A source close to Joey Barton revealed that whilst Sheffield Wednesday are yet to make any approach to Barton about their vacant manager’s role, it’s an approach the former Fleetwood Town boss would welcome. After leaving the Sky Bet League One club earlier this week after two-and-a-half years as manager, he is in no immediate rush to jump straight back into football management and is considering undertaking further coaching qualifications as well as broadening his learning at some of his former clubs.
However the size and potential of Sheffield Wednesday would make for a very attractive proposition for the ambitious young manager, Barton left Fleetwood Town after guiding the club into the Sky Bet League One play-offs last season. The Owls are currently looking to whittle down the candidates, which also includes another former Clarets midfielder in former Wigan Athletic boss Paul Cook as well as German Thorsten Fink.
They have welcomed a host of applications for the role from all over the world. Speaking to the media in a press conference last week owner Dejphon Chansiri said, “After I sacked Tony Pulis last week many offers came in but I can only choose one, I need to make sure it is the right one this time and we are still working to ensure we make the right decision this time as soon as possible. My people need to help me make a shortlist and then we’ll look at it, before starting the interviews. I need to choose the one that fits to our club, it doesn’t matter whether it is an English or foreign coach but it must be the best one.”